In general, I'm happy. I'm in Ontario, my kids are going through the public school's French Immersion system and I'm very glad they are learning a second language. My two major complaints: in my province, the cut-off dates for starting school are Dec 31st. If you are four before that, you go to junior kindergarden. One of my girls has a Dec 20th b-day and she is the very youngest in her class, and is tiny to boot. I would have preferred the option to start her a year later but it's not possible... the best I could do was have her skip jk and then put her straight into sk the following year (where she would still be the youngest, and would have missed a year of curriculum on top of that.) The other con is the fact that there are LONG waiting lists for certain services... my son has learning disabilities and we ended up paying out of pocket for an OT assessment/treatment rather than wait a year or two!
at 7:03 PM on Apr. 13, 2011